Source: Catholic News Service
Beguiling, unusual fable of a 12-year-old piano prodigy (Teo Gheorghiu) who, overburdened by his musical and mathematical genius and his loving but overprotective mother (Julika Jenkins), begins to find life intolerable until a near-fatal fall results in the seeming loss of his talent. Writer-director Fredi M. Murer's film was the Swiss entry for best foreign film Oscar and features an engaging central performance and a strong affirmation of family, not only in the boy's relationships with his parents, but also with the eccentric grandfather (Bruno Ganz) with whom the boy bonds, and a perceptive study of childhood. Swiss German. Subtitles. Some disrespect of authority figures including parents, deceitful behavior, insider trading, a few crude and crass words, brief underage alcohol use and a brief reference to sex perhaps make this most suitable for older adolescents and up. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
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